How to Remove Printer Marks in Adobe Acrobat

By Andrew McClain

Printer marks are the lines that appear in the corner or sides of documents. Print shops use these marks to make sure different color proofs are properly lined up and to indicate where the document should be trimmed. If you are printing from your computer to a desktop printer, you do not need to use print marks unless you need them to trim a piece that is smaller than your printer paper. To remove them from your document in Adobe Acrobat, you can use the Crop tool to manually cut the printer marks from the document.

Open Adobe Acrobat and open the document with the printer marks.

Select "Tools," followed by "Pages" and then "Crop" from the main menu to activate the crop tool.

Drag the crop tool until it conforms to the shape of the document, but keep the print marks outside the box. You can use the corner or side handles to change the shape and size of the box so it precisely fits the outer border of the document.

Position your cursor inside the cropping rectangle and double-click the mouse to open the Set Pages dialog box.

Type in a new size for the cropping rectangle; if you are happy with the size, do not make any changes.

Set a range of pages in the "Page Range" field. To apply to all pages, mark "All."

Click "OK" to crop the page and remove the printer marks.


Information in this article applies to Adobe Acrobat XI. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.